Major League Baseball will begin its annual three-day amateur draft Monday night. The draft covers 40 full rounds plus five shorter rounds for compensation picks and competitive balance-lottery picks. All told, there will be 1,217 selections made during the 2019 draft.
- Date: Monday, June 3
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV: MLB Network
- Streaming: MLB.com
- Picks: 1-78 (Rounds: 1st, supplemental 1st, competitive balance A, 2nd, competitive balance B, supplemental 2nd)
The draft continues with Rounds 3-10 on Tuesday, June 4, and concludes with Rounds 11-40 on Wednesday, June 5. Days 2 and 3 will be streamed live on MLB.com. There will be four minutes between picks in Round 1, and one minute between picks from the supplemental first round through the 10th round. Day 3 is a rapid fire conference call with one pick after another.
Unlike the NBA and NHL amateur drafts, there is no lottery for the MLB draft. The draft order is set at the reverse order of the previous year’s standings, so the Orioles hold the No. 1 pick in 2019 after losing 115 games in 2018. This is the second time Baltimore has held the top overall pick. They selected LSU righty Ben McDonald with the No. 1 pick in 1989.
All first-round picks are protected from draft-pick compensation nowadays. Teams give up later draft picks (and international bonus money) to sign qualified free agents instead. Despite that, the Red Sox do not have a first-round pick this year. Their top pick was moved back 10 spots (33rd overall to 43rd overall) as part of the penalties for excessive luxury tax spending last year.
As a reminder, each team is given a set bonus pool for draft spending each summer. The penalties for excessive spending are harsh enough (tax on overage, forfeiting a future first rounder, etc.) that the bonus pool effectively acts as a salary cap. Here are the five largest bonus pools going into this year’s draft:
- Diamondbacks: $16,093,700
- Orioles: $13,821,300
- Royals: $13,108,000
- Marlins: $13,045,000
- White Sox: $11,565,500
The D-Backs have several extra picks this year (explained below), and that equals a great big bonus pool. The bonus pools cover the top 10 rounds — each pick has an individual slot value — and every dollar over $125,000 given to a player taken after the 10th round counts against the bonus pool. Fail to sign a player, and you lose the pool money associated with that pick.
This is our third and final mock draft. We previously released mock drafts onand . Much like every other year, plenty has changed in the four weeks leading up to the draft. Here is the latest prior to Monday night’s draft launch.